At least 80 people have been arrested in Kisoro town over illegal entry into Uganda. The arrested include sixty nationals of Rwanda and twenty from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The suspects were arrested during joint operations mounted by Police and Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) on Friday night. They are said to have entered Uganda through ungazzeted entry points at Muramba and Nyarusiza in Kisoro District.
Kisoro District Police Commander Charles Okoto told this reporter that the suspects were found at several bus terminals in Kisoro town waiting for buses reportedly to travel to Kampala, Mubende, Mityana and Hoima districts for casual labor. Okoto says that security apprehended them after they failed to present valid travel documents.
Kisoro Resident District Commissioner Hajji Shafique Ssekandi said the Rwandan nationals will be deported while DRC nationals will be arraigned before court to answer to charges of illegal entry.
This is not the first time Rwandan and Congolese nationals are arrested in Uganda over illegal entry.
On January 25 last year, 70 Rwandan nationals were deported by Ntungamo Security officials after sneaking into Uganda through Mirama hills border post in Ntungamo District. Sixteen other illegal immigrants comprising of Rwandan and DRC nationals were deported by Ugandan authorities on January 23.
The suspects were picked up on January 18 last year and arraigned before Kisoro Grade II Magistrate, Charles Waako. They pleaded guilty before the magistrate ordered for their deportation.